This past weekend at the D23 Expo there was so much exciting information coming out of the Parks and Resorts panel that many overlooked the “blue sky” concept artwork Disney released for Future World in Epcot. Not only was the area completely revamped with a substantial amount of new fountains, greenery, and new buildings, but it is also important to note the lack of some of the current Epcot buildings in the artwork. Disney has made it very clear that this artwork is still in its conceptual phase, and much of what is written below is still 100% speculation.
Innoventions, MouseGear, Starbucks, Electric Umbrella and Club Cool are all missing from the concept artwork, which means if this “blue sky” artwork comes to fruition we could see the demolition of these buildings happening within the next year or two.
While many Disney parks fans will be sad to see some of these old classic staples of Epcot go, there is plenty of information in this artwork to be excited about. First off, the overall look and feel of this artwork seems to live up to the name Future World. The modernized concept artwork will finally bring Epcot out the 1980s!
With the demolition of some of the old and worn-out buildings like Innoventions, this will completely open-up the park to absorb crowds much more efficiently. It seems like making the park hold and absorb guests was important in the artist rendering, as there are larger and more pathways leading to the World Showcase.
Toward the back of the concept artwork, to the east of Spaceship Earth, there is a fairly large building. It wasn’t announced at the D23 Expo what this building could possibly be, but with the expected loss of the Electric Umbrella and MouseGear, it is most likely either a merchandise location or a quick service location.
There are a large number of small buildings/structures that line the space between Future World and the World Showcase. It is currently unclear what these small buildings/structures will be. Because they look so small I am going to assume they are a number of different things including small food cart type booths, pin stations, and a small bar or two. It’ll be interesting to see, as the small buildings intrigue me.
A building featured to the northeast of the Imagination Pavilion looks to include a building that has a pool on the top of it. It is difficult to decipher what exact this building is, or if it even is a pool, but it looks to be a large building in the new redesign.
It was definitively stated that there will be a space-themed restaurant in Epcot, and by simply speculating on my part I believe that it will be above Test Track in the current location of the General Motors lounge. The artist rendering backs-up my speculation, in my opinion, due to the illuminating light coming from the panoramic window in that location.
Some online are speculating that between the Land Pavilion and the Imagination Pavilion there will be a hedge maze. It does look like that anecdote could be possible judging by the artwork, but again, due to the lack of details given by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek it is still hard to tell.